> Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 12:41:47 -0800
> From: Loren Muldowney <firstname.lastname@example.org.EDU>
> Subject: Re: Organic Farming Economics
> > I've surmised that organic agriculture is so expensive because
> > the labor is so expensive. There is a free labor source waiting to be
> > tapped--prisons.
> This is probably a joke. I hope so. If I believed it could be sincere,
> I would respond with the following:
> - -------------------------------------
> I may never stop screaming.
> I specifically boycott all goods made by prison labor, since it is
> exploitative of not only of prisoners, but more importantly of those
> working people who have NOT turned to crime as a lifestyle.
> The organic agriculture paradigm was created by shunning short-term
> economic theory. I don't think this will ever fly, if the consumers
> know about it; it would have to be kept from them intentionally. Since
> the point of organic marketing is to make full information available to
> the consumer, this lovely scenario would be better pursued in the
> "conventional" agriculture sphere. I just heard they are cutting the
> tails off of dairy cows for "economic" reasons, so probably they
> wouldn't bat an eye at this suggestion either.
> Not only that, but some our more sleazy mall stores have been using the
> "made in america" marketing, which appeals to those who deliberately
> support working non-criminal fellow citizens, to label goods made by
> prisoners as "made in america." It is a "solution" which "works" right
> at this moment, because many people are simply unaware that it is going
> on. Most people currently believe it to be illegal, being so clearly
> repugnant a concept.
> I can't wait to post this incredible suggestion at the natural foods
> coop and see everybody mobilize for the boycott.
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